Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor won nine Academy Awards for 1987, sweeping every category in which it was nominated. The power and scope of the film was, and remains, undeniable as it tells the story of Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne in 1908 at age 3. He would go on to witness decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and without the walls of the Forbidden City. Re-creating Ching dynasty China with astonishing detail, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.

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Director
Bernardo Bertolucci
Released
1987
Language
English
Country
China/Italy/UK/France
Running Time
180 minutes
Format
digital, Color